Student Support and Service Center 

Kozminski University Student Support and Service Center 

The Student Support and Service Center (formerly: Student Welfare Office) aims to help foreign students to adapt to the University and Polish culture in a fast and simple way. Here every foreign student can tell us about his/her problem and receive support and guidance on a wide range of academic and personal issues. Listed below is some essential information regarding the legalization of stay, accommodation, insurance, transportation, culture etc. that will help you to plan your stay in Warsaw and manage your day-to-day challenges.
For additional information regarding application process and student’s welfare please contact the Student Support and Service Center: studentsupport@kozminski.edu.pl

If you are already a student at Kozminski University and have questions regarding your English track studies we also encourage you to contact the Kozminski International Business School (KIBS) staff regarding organizational and academic issues. We are always ready to assist you and answer all your queries. 

KIBS (Kozminski International Business School) Programs Office (room D-33):

To receive news from Kozminski University regarding student life and events you may get in touch with the Student Council or the Erasmus Student Network via Facebook: 

You may also find some useful information on different subjects regarding your stay in Poland here: 

Preparing to study in Poland

We recommend that you prepare for your departure very carefully and as early as possible. It is often difficult and time-consuming to complete all formalities and prepare the necessary papers.

Before you leave: 

  • Make sure your passport (or your national ID, for EU citizens) is valid for whole period of your stay in Poland. It is advised that the validity of your passport exceeds the duration of your planned stay in Poland by at least 6 months;
  • If necessary, apply for a Polish visa (contact the closest embassy or consulate in your country for more information);
  • Before you leave, it is recommended to make a health insurance in your home country, that will cover your stay in Poland. EU citizens are highly recommended to obtain European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It allows you to use medical services in public hospitals in all of the EU countries, as well as, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in Poland) as people insured in that countries. Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider;
  • Make sure you take all important papers and documents with you - if your high school certificate/diploma needs to be recognized in Poland, you will need the original of it or a notarized copy (with Apostille). Get a written confirmation (from your bank) that you have sufficient financial support for the entire period of study. You may need it for residence permit procedure later on;
Climate and Clothing

Poland's climate is a mix of 2 types of climates: Oceaninc and Warm-summer humid continental. Poland is placed in the middle of Europe, between different climate types, and as the result, Poland's weather patterns are transitional and variable, thanks to the collision of diverse air masses above the country's surface. This causes seasons to differ from one another, year-to-year. 

Early autumn is generally sunny and mildly-warm (temperature varies daily between 5 and 15 degrees) before the period of rainy, windy, colder weather in October/November, that indicates beginning of the transition into winter. Winter, which may last from one to three months, might bring frequent snowstorms and drastic drop of avarage temperature, even to below 0. Winters also are different - one year it will be snowing constantly, and the temperature will drop to even -15 or -20 degrees; the other year it will be rainy, and the avarage daily temperature will oscilate around 0 degrees. The spring arrives slowly in March or April, bringing mainly sunny days after a period of alternating wintertime and springtime conditions. Summer, which extends from June to August, is generally sunny and warm. Sometimes, showers and thunderstorms alternate with dry sunny weather. Occasional hailstorm is also not unheard of. 

Yearly avarage temperature varies between 7-9 degrees, with ever-registered maximum being 40,2 C and minimum -41,0 C degrees. 

It is advised to prepare clothing for every type of weather. Especially for autumn and spring, it is recommended to have water- and wind-proof clothing. Late-spring and summer might turn out very hot, so light wear should also fit into your baggage. Very hot summers tend to cause very cold winters, so warm cloths, like a jacket, hoodies, caps, scarfs, are a must when coming to Poland (especially, when your home country is generally warm/hot throughout the year). To get more information about climate and weather in Poland and Warsaw in particular click here

Money and Currency Exchange

Poland's official currency is Złoty (code: PLN; short: zł); 1 złoty = 100 groszy. The currency comes in coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Groszy and 1, 2, 5 Złoty) and bills (10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Złoty). The Polish Złoty is fully convertible and available at numerous exchange points and banks throughout Warsaw and all other Polish cities. Banks in your country might not have Złoty immediately available but it is usually possible to order them in a currency exchange. The exchange rates are relatively stable but there are some slight fluctuations (approx. 1 USD = 3.70 PLN and 1 EUR = 4.20 PLN).  In order to check the current exchange rate please visit the website of the National Bank of Poland here (rates are available here

The safest places to exchange currencies are banks. They may, however, offer lower exchange rates than other currency exchange points. Some of them collect service fees (about 2-3% per transaction). Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday (on average from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) and some of them on Saturdays (on average till 1.00 p.m.). Better exchange rates are offered by specialized currency exchange points. However, those in airports usually offer unfavorable exchange rates (even worse than in banks). 

You can also withdraw money from your own bank or credit account using ATMs that are widely available all over the city. Look for a "Bankomat" sign. "Euronet" is global electronic payment service provider and their ATM's are numerous around the cities of Poland. Generally, the service is free of charge for Polish bank's account, but might charge you additionally when using external bank account.

Here are few major banks offering their services in Poland:

A complete list of all banks in Poland can be found at the National Bank of Poland website.

Transportation to and around Warsaw

Getting to Warsaw

By air

If you come to Poland by plane, we strongly recommend you a direct flight to Warsaw's Frederic Chopin International Airport, in Okęcie district. Direct flights from many major European cities are available, as well as, from cities outside of Europe. Chopin airport is situated 10 km from the city centre. The transportation is very good - in order to get to the city center you may take a bus or taxi from the arrival zone or take a train from the train station built-in into the airport.

Flight to Modlin airport might turn out cheaper but the distance from Warsaw's city is much greater - in order to reach city center you'll need to take a bus from the airport to the train station and than by train you reach the city of Warsaw.

Airlines that fly to Warsaw Airport

Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Belavia Belorusian Airlines, British Airways, Lot Polish Airlines, Germanwings, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Wizzair, etc.

By train

Poland has a good network of rail lines. The fastest and most expensive are 'express trains' - Eurocity -  connecting Poland directly with major European capitals (Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Minsk, Kiev). Standard 'passenger trains' reach almost every big city around the country. 

For detailed information please see the official website of Polish State Railways.

By coach

Many travel agencies offer tickets for international coaches running to a variety of destinations across Europe. These buses are equiped with toilets, air-conditioning, reclining chairs, tea/coffee bars and other facilities. "Polski Bus" offers buses from and to Warsaw to 6 different international locations at reasonable price: Berlin, Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest. Students under the age of 26 and holders of Euro26 or ISIC cards are offered discounts.

For further information please contact your chosen travel agency. 

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Coming to Kozminski

 

You can settle your routes across major cities of Poland using "jakdojade.pl" website or mobile app (explained in "Daily issues").

 

Kozminski University is located in the north-east of Warsaw, on the right side of the Vistula river, in the Northern Praga district, at 57/59 Jagiellońska Street, between the Gdański Bridge and the Grot-Rowecki Bridge. In order to get here you may either use public transport (ZTM) or taxi services.

 

Public Transport:

Before entering any mean of public transport you should obtain a ticket. Ticket selection is wide, so you should make sure you buy correct one. Range of the buses is divided into two zones - if you are not planning on leaving Warsaw's premises you can buy zone-1 only tickets. They are much cheaper, compared to both-zones tickets, and zone-2 are sububrans only. 
There are time limited (20 minutes, 75 minutes, 90 minutes), short-time (1-day, 3-days, weekend) and long-time tickets (30-days, 90-days) available. All those tickets allow unlimited number of rides, on all of the means that accept the tickets. Here you can see complete list of tickets and their costs.
Time limited and short-time tickets come in paper form, while long-term tickets must be coded on special, personalized cards. Your students ID can take the role of such personalized card - meaning you can use it as your travel card. It is recommended for students to buy 30- or 90-days tickets as it turn out much cheaper overall, if you will be using public transport everyday.

The easiest way to reach the school is by tram. Final destination of the tram (when coming from the city center) should be "Żerań FSO" and the stop that's the nearest to the school is called "Pimot". If there is no direct connection (depending on where you live) you should go to stop "Rondo Starzyńskiego", which is about 900 meters from the school premises. 

The Public Transportation buses do not stop on "Pimot" - they stop one bus-stop further (around 400 meters from the university).

Over the "Rondo Starzyńskiego" there is "Warszawa ZOO" train station. It is possible to reach the school from the airport by train: Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina -> Warszawa Zachodnia by S3 train; Warszawa Zachodnia -> Warszawa ZOO by S9 train.

 

Taxi services:

We strongly recommend you to use licensed taxi services for the security reasons. Taxi tariffs have to be clearly displayed on the car window. The companies have different tariffs and prices may vary. The average price from the airport to the city center is 30 – 40 PLN. The contacts of few taxi companies in Warsaw please find below:

Grosik Taxi: +48 22 646 46 46
Eco Taxi: +48 22 644 22 22
Sawa Taxi: +48 22 644 44 44

UBER is still accessible in Poland.

    

Moving around Warsaw and Poland


Buses

Warsaw city is serviced with multiple bus companies, but the most common and easiest to catch is Public Transportation of Warsaw's city, the "ZTM" company. These buses are reffered to as "Yellow buses", becase of their recognizable paintjob. Their range covers most of Warsaw's premises and suburbans. Tickets are available in most of the shops, kiosks and in ticket machines. They are also available at the drivers, but they are charged additionally and it is not always possible to purchase a ticket on the bus, so it is strongly recommended to obtain the ticket before entering. Tickets must be validated on entance to the bus. All of "ZTM" buses are air-conditioned, suited for disabled and mothers with children.

You can reach other cities of Poland by bus - "Polski Bus" offers 26 locations on the territory of Poland, the most important being: Kraków, Wrocław, Zakopane, Gdańsk. Most of long distance buses are available from Warszawa Zachodnia and Wschodnia stops (Warsaw West and Warsaw East station).

 

Trams

All of the Warsaw's trams are operated by above mentioned "ZTM" - the Public Transport of Warsaw City company. Trams uses the same kind of tickets that are valid on the buses, same rules of validating tickets apply. Their range is limited compared to the buses, but travel time is far superior, especially during rush hours. Most of the trams are suit for people will limited movement capabilities. 

 

Metro

Warsaw is currently supporting 2 metro lines. M1 line is complete and travels north-south of the city, while M2 is incomplete (planned completion in year 2022) and travels east-west, passing under the Vistula river. It is the fastest way to get across the river and from district to district, especially to Ursynów district. Metro accepts public transport tickets. Tickets are validated at the gates to the stations. 

See the MAP of Warsaw's metro lines.

 

Trains

As mentioned above, Poland has a good network of rail lines that is constantly developed and upgraded. You can travel both short and long distances using trains. In Warsaw, you can use SKM (Szybka Kolei Miejska), KM (Kolei Mazowiecka) and WKD (Warszawska Kolei Dojazdowa) train to travel short distances around city's districts, as well as suburbans. Those comapnies accept Public Transport tickets on the same basis as buses and trams.

To travel to different major cities of Poland you'll need a ticket with seat reservation. Most of them will departure from (1) Warszawa Wschodnia, (2) Warszawa Zachodnia or (3) Warszawa Centralna ((1)Warsaw East, (2) West and (3) Central stations). You can use "express trains" or "standard trains". The major difference will be the price and time of travel - express trains are faster and more expensive. Express trains also include Intercity routes done by the Pendolino - currently the fastest train on stock of Polish State Railways. Tickets bought very early can turn out very cheap for students - you can even find tickets for 49 PLN, if you decide early enought.

For detailed information please see the official website of Polish State Railways.

 

Taxi

Multiple taxi companies are available throught Warsaw. Avarage cost of 1 kilometer is around 1,80 PLN (day tariff). Most of the company require to be ordered by phone, some of the companies support designated mobile apps (Taxify, myTaxi, iTaxi).

Uber is currently still available to use in Poland.

Living in Warsaw

Cost of living in Warsaw 

A reasonable total monthly budget would be about 2000 - 2500 PLN (excluding travels outside Poland as well as the tuition). Although some students live on a much tighter budget. Note, that the students are often offered various discounts (shops, transportation, theater, cinema, museums, bookshops). Always remember to present your student card. Examples below are based on good standard of accommodation:

Expenses
Accommodation in a students dormitory ~ 500-1000 PLN/month
Accommodation in a flatshare or apartment ~ 1500-3500 PLN/month
Approximate cost of living ~ 700-1200 PLN/month
Other, unexpected expenses ~ 500 PLN/month

 

Examples of prices for products and services in Warsaw in 2017 given in PLN. Usually the exchange rate for EURO is about PLN/EUR = 4.2-4.3/1

Student ticket refers to Public Transportation Comapny (ZTM) tickets. Those tickets are valid to use in buses, trams, metro and selected railway company's trains as well (SKM, KM, WKD).

Product/Service PLN
bread 3
0,5 bottled water 1.5
milk 2.5
butter 6
cheese 18/kg
coffe in a cafe 4-10
cinema ticket 25-35
fast-food meal 10-20
dinner in an average restaurant 50-80
pizza 15-40
20 minutes student ticket 1.70
1 month/3 months student ticket 55/140

 

You should expect additional expenses which may occur during your stay. Those might be:

  • A refundable deposit for your accommodation (usually 1 or 2 month's rent)
  • Initial expenditures (sheets, towels, cooking utensils, books, etc. depending on the accommodation provider)
  • Utilities (if they are not included in rent)
  • Tickets, entrance fees, reservations if you would like to do sightseeing in Poland
  • Different fees and subscriptions, monthly tickets for public transportation, internet etc.
  • Health insurance (mandatory for non EU students)

More details about cost of living in Warsaw click here.

Daily Issues

1. Travelling around:

In order to move around Warsaw and other major cities it is adviced to use "jakdojade" website or mobile app - an online timetable of all of public transport in 44 cities, like:

  • Warsaw,
  • Gdańsk and Tri-city,
  • Kraków,
  • Wrocław,
  • Toruń,
  • Poznań.

How to use "jakdojade":

Step 1:

  • Enter www.jakdojade.pl
  • Select the city from the drop list or with the use of search engine

Step 2:

  • After you pick the city, you'll see it's map. Now you have to establish the route
  • You should input "Punkt startowy" (starting point) and "Punkt docelowy" (final destination) or you can select it on the map - simply click "pokaż przystanki" (show stops)

Step 3:

  • Set the starting point - for example Chopin Airport (Lotnisko Chopina)

Step 4:

  • Select final destination of your travel - for example "Pimot", stop the nearest to the university

Step 5:

  • Select the time. You can input the time manually or use arrows - each click moves the time 10 minutes back or forth
  • Select the date. When clicked a calendar will drop down
  • Choose between departure (odjazd) or arrival (przyjazd) time that will be shown
  • Proceed with green arrow button

Step 6:

  • Now you will see droplist with planned routes for you. It will show time untill departure, number of means of transport, the time of travel, departure and arrival times
  • You can choose alternate route (marked grey) or you can alter it by yourself

Step 7:

  • When you select your transportation, you can check the details of your chosen route

 

2. Entertainment 

 

Poland is a place with great history, spaning on a period of over 1000 years. Warsaw, de facto capital of Poland since 1611, is an ideal place to discover some of Poland's most recent history as well as much more distant times. Mentioned below are places worth seeing during your stay in Poland, as they will provide you with an overview of Polish culture:

Also, in and around Warsaw you'll find multiple places to spend your free time, if you are not a museum type. Those mentioned below are definetely worth your time to check it up:

If you rather spend your time actively here are some examples of places that you can do just that:

  • KillHouse - Paintball ground, placed inside unused manufacturing hall. Available throughout the whole year. Except for Paintball, Killhouse also offers Laser Tag, Air Soft and Nerf- games. 
  • LetMeOut - escape room right next to city center. There are multiple escape rooms scattered around the city.
  • Hangar 646 - a trampoline park - basically huge hall filled with trampolines, landing zones and springboards.
  • A1Karting - one of the biggest Go-Kart covered track, open all year, 7 days a week. It's placed across the street from the university. 
  • HulaKula - bowling alley and club, just across the street from the university.
  • Copernicus Science Centre - interactive museum-exhibition popularizing science in Poland, consisting of over 450 exhibitions.

Warsaw is the host city to multiple regular and periodic events. Just to name a few:

  • Warsaw Orange Festival - music festival, spanning over few days.
  • Warsaw Film Festival 
  • "Zimowy Narodowy" on National Stadium - football pitch turns into winter sports arena, available to anyone. National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy) host mulitple different events (excpet for sport events) throughout the year, like: concerts, races (eg. Top Gear, Drift Championship), exhibitions (LEGO exhibition, International Cat Exhibition).
  • Festival of Colours 
  • International Chopin Piano Competition

And if you are not keen on sightseeing or on visiting any of the above mentioned attractions, here are some of places worth even a second of your time:

 

If you need any basic needs products you can visit one of below mentioned shoping centers. The variaty of shops available makes them the best place to buy all the necessities that one might need. 

Shoping Centers in Warsaw:

  • ARKADIA (Jana Pawła II st. 82); List of shops
    Mall: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00;
    Carrefour: Monday – Saturday: 08:30 – 23:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00;
    Cinema City: Monday – Sunday: 09:30 – 22:30.
  • ZŁOTE TARASY (Złota st. 59); List of shops
    Mall: Monday - Saturday: 09:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 21:00;
    Carrefour: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00;
    Multikino: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – until last screening.
  • GALERIA MOKOTÓW (Wołoska st. 12); List of shops
    Mall: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00;
    Carrefour: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00;
    Cinema City: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – until late night hours.
  • BLUE CITY (Al. Jerozolimskie 179); List of shops
    Mall: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00

 

3. Emergency


Legal assistance:

If you need a legal assistance, you may contact the Information Center for Foreigners in order to get it free of charge (http://interwencjaprawna.pl/cic/information-centre-for-foreigners/).

Contact:
Address: Siedmiogrodzka st. 5/51
Tel. (+48) 22 629 56 91 


EMERGENCY NUMBERS 

In order to call an emergency service via public phone, please dial:

999 – Ambulance
998 – Fire Fighters 
997 – Police
986 – Municipal Guard (Straz Miejska)

In order to call an emergency service via mobile phone, please dial:

112 – All the above services.

Calling any of emergency numbers is free of charge.

 

Emergency Services (by city districts):

Śródmieście - Poznańska st. 22
Praga Południe - Grenadierów st. 34
Wola - Górczewska st. 27/35
Mokotów - Puławska st. 120
Żoliborz - Wrzeciono st. 41
Marymont - Słowackiego st. 52/54
Praga Północ - Brzeska st. 12
Ochota - Joteyki st. 9
Ursynów - Jastrzębowskiego st.  22
Wilanów - Morszyńska st. 33
Ursus - Sosnkowskiego st. 18
Bemowo - Kartezjusza st. 2
Białołęka - Marywilska st. 44
Targówek - Łojewska st. 6
Międzylesie - Dzieci Polskich st. 20

VISA / LEGALIZATION OF STAY

EU/EEA student applicants:

An EU or EEA country citizen (except for Switzerland) can enter Poland with his/her valid ID document (e.g. passport, national ID card). If a student intends to visit Poland's neighboring countries (not all of them are EU Member States), a passport is recommended. Citizens of Switzerland can enter Poland only on the basis of a valid passport. 

For stays of up to 3 months no legalization of stay will be necessary. For stays exceeding 3 months, all EU students will have to register their stay at Department of Foreigners. The form together with other documents should be submitted to Department of Foreigners of the Mazovian Voivodeship Office on 3/5 Marszałkowska St. in Warsaw (Wydział ds Cudzoziemców, ul. Marszałkowska 3/5). Registration is free of charge and the meeting doesn't require booking in advance. For more information and the registration form please visit the department's website here

 

Non-EU/EEA student applicants:

Applicants from non-EU/EEA country can enter the territory of Poland on the basis of a valid travel document (passport) and a visa. Before arriving to Poland foreign students from non-EU countries must apply for a student visa in the Polish Embassy or consulate in their home country. A short-term visa entitles the holder to stay in Poland for up to 3 months and a long-term visa up to 1 year. Applicants have to apply for a yearly students visa valid for 365 days. 

In order to prolong the legalization of stay, non-EU students may choose from two options:

  1. either apply for a new student visa in the Polish Embassy in their home country,
  2. apply for a Polish Temporary Residence Permit (karta pobytu) in Warsaw. 

Residence Permit (karta pobytu):

The second option for non-EU students is to apply for the Temporary Residence Permit (karta czasowego pobytu) at the Department of Foreigners on 3/5 Marszałkowska street in Warsaw (Wydział Spraw Cudzoziemców w Warszawie, ul. Marszałkowska 3/5). 

It is better if students submit all the required documents 45 days before the visa expires. (obligatory)

The list of the required documents you may find on the official web site: 

mazowieckie.pl/en/for-foreigners-1/residence/temporary-residence-pe/education/501,What-documents-do-I-need-to-submit.html

For more information and assistance on temporary residence permit procedure for students please call the Information Center of the Department for Foreigners: +48 22 695 67 70 / +48 22 695 67 73 or visit: 

mazowieckie.pl/en/for-foreigners-1/residence/temporary-residence-pe/education

Insurance

INSURANCE

Foreign students do not participate in the Polish national health care system. The costs of hospital medical care and appointments with general physicians have to be covered by the students. These costs are relatively high and usually start from around 100 zlotys per visit. Therefore, you are advised to buy a health insurance in your home country before your arrival. Alternatively, the insurance may also be purchased in Poland after your arrival. Note that you might be required to have insurance in order to obtain polish national visa. 

If you feel sick or you simply want to undergo the medical examination the first thing you need to know is that you have to be insured by the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ). Insurance by NFZ (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia) allows you to benefit from all the medical services of its’ partner health care providers. 

If you are a EU or EEA citizen and you already have a valid health insurance in your country, you are entitled to receive free health care services from the health care providers who have contracts with NFZ. For this purpose you have to go to the doctor approved by NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

For more details please call +48 22 572 62 68 or click here

If you are non-EU citizen and you do not have any valid health insurance from your country you will have to make a so-called “voluntarily insurance”. In order to do so you will have to submit the copy of your passport, residence permit (visa or karta pobytu), your previous insurance (or document containing the information about its duration) along with the filled in registration form to the nearest NFZ office (Chałubińskiego st. 8 in Warsaw)

For details please call +48 22 456 74 01 or visit: http://www.nfz-warszawa.pl/kontakt/dane-teleadresowe/

 

LUXMED PRIVATE MEDICAL SERVICE

When you experience any health problems, do not wait – call a doctor or arrange a visit in LUXMED calling to: (+48) 22 33 22 888. Full time students have the opportunity to visit general practitioner doctor (internist) free of charge. Do not forget your valid student ID card, as this document is authorizing you to use medical services. Kozminski University covers the costs of visits to the general practitioner and the cost of laboratory tests obtained by referral from an internist in LUXMED. The cost of visits to other specialists are not refunded by the University, but you can get a 10% discount after presenting a Kozminski Student ID card. 

The nearest LUXMED to Kozminski  University is situated on Władysława Szernera st. 3.